How Much Do Tummy Tucks Usually Cost and What are the Risks?

I'm 5'7" and 320 lb. I want to get a tummy tuck. How much does this usually cost and what kind of risks are there?Will doctors take out of state clients?

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High BMI and Tummy Tucks

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Dear Jahaya,  Thank you for your question and the information you provided.  Based on your height aand your weight, I would first suggest you meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if you are a candidate for an abdominoplasty or if you should lose more weight in order to safely proceed.  You currently have a high Body Mass Index(BMI) which significantly increases your risks of complications from this type of surgery.  If you are trying to lose weight and are making progress, then your surgeon will help you determine the optimal timing for getting a good result and maximizing the safety of  your tummy tuck.  

Risks for an abdominoplasty include bleeding, infection, blood clots in the legs and/or lungs, poor wound healing, numbness, abnormal scarring, and rarely, death.  

Costs vary greatly so it would be very hard to give you an extimate without a consultation.  Please see a board certifed plastic surgeon in your area since success also depends on being able to follow up with your doctor after your surgery.  Good Luck.

Cost of tummy tuck

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The fee will vary based on the type of tummy tuck needed.  Our fees range from $3500 to $6000. 

Some of the risks include infection, death, skin loss, bad scar, blood clots.

Tummy Tuck Cost

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Cost vary from $6000-$12000 in most areas depending upon complexity,  and if the Surgeon has his/her own OR.

Risks are: death, infection, transfusion, loss of tissue or belly button ,DVT, Blood clots to lungs, numbness.

This is why it important to go to a Board Certified Plastic surgeon with a lot of experience with this proceedure.



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Costs of Tummy Tuck

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In considering the cost of a Tummy Tuck, you should look at the components of the cost:
1. Surgeons Fee. This is usually the greatest part of the overall cost and can vary immensly from location to location (just like the cost of living varies in each location) as well as in the same location, it can vary from surgeon to surgeon. Usually, a surgeon commanding a higher price is very experienced and has very good results reliably, and is very busy due to the above.
2. Anesthesia Fee. This can vary depending on if a board certified MD anesthesiologist is used, vs. a nurse anesthetist, vs. a non-certified nurse, vs. only local anesthesia (an awake procedure). Obviously, the further you go down the line, the cheaper the price. You do get what you pay for.
3. Facility Fee. This can vary if it is a a state/medicare certified facility, vs. the back of a doc's office.
4. Accessories. This includes things like a pain pump, Exparol injections (72 hour long lasting numbing), garments, tissue glues, etc. These are not necessary for a great result, just add to the comfort of a result.
5. Revision. Usually a revision such as dog ears or lowering the scar, or a seroma, is much less that the original surgery, but this depends entirely on what exactly is being done.
As with anything in life, buyer beware of risks of cutting corners in surgery.
Real Self has average costs of every operations in your location that you can peruse before seeing a surgeon, but keep in mind that the above quality can change from office to office. Choose a surgeon that you are very comfortable with and is board certified.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Tummy Tucks

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The most important critieria is selecting an experienced board certified plastic & reconstruction surgeon. Such surgeons have distinguished themselves through years of training, both as a general surgeon, and then through years of reconstructive surgery. Prices can differ through different regions of the country, through the experience of the surgeon, and where the operation is being performed, i.e. hospital or outpatient surgery center. Our typical prices in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills can range from $7,000 - $12,000, depending upon the extent of the procedure. Complications can include, bleeding, infection, the need for revision surgery, widened or poorly healed scars, pigmentation changes, lower extremity blood clots, the need for second stage procedure, infection,  sensation changes. The typical recovery time can be from one to two weeks. 

Jeffrey D. Hoefflin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Cost and risks of tummy tucks

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The costs of an abdominoplasty vary between doctors and locations. There are risks with any surgical procedure, especially one requiring general anesthesia. The most important element to a good outcome for this procedure is being at your ideal weight prior to surgery. It is also vital to be sure your plastic surgeon is board certified.

Tummy Tuck Surgery

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Thank you for your question.  You are asking good questions.

I have patients who travel from out of state for this surgery. I think this is fine as long as they can stay in town long enough to have good follow up care.

Regarding the fees....each surgeon’s fees will be different depending on many factors.  Factors such as the certification of the surgeon, the experience of the surgeon, if the surgery is performed in the office or in a hospital / outpatient surgery center, if performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia and who is administering the anesthesia. This is why it is VERY IMPORTANT to choose a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in abdominal surgery.  

The risks of tummy tuck surgery include local risks such as bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, poor scarring, asymmetry and complications with muscle repair.  Systemic problems such as clotting in veins or pulmonary embolism, pneumonia and even death are possible.

I hope this helps.

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